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Scrub-A-Mutt returns for sixth year Aug. 17

MARYSVILLE — Scrub-A-Mutt is returning for its sixth annual fundraising dog wash on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, the dog wash will take place at the Strawberry Fields Athletic Park, located at 6100 152nd St. NE in Marysville.

Suggested donations for dog washes are $5 for small dogs and $10 for large dogs. Groomers and vet techs will be doing nail trims for suggested donations of $5 per dog. The first 250 dogs washed will receive stylish bandanas and "doggie goodie bags," with treats and gifts for their dogs.

In addition to the dog washing, the site will host vendor booths for dog-themed businesses, like Furizzy and City Bones Barkery, as well as a wide array of dog rescue groups, including Bulldog Haven, Seattle Pug Rescue, the NOAH Center and more. Human visitors can enjoy snacks from Surf Shake Espresso, Sturgis Kettle Korn and the Hillside Church.

There will be three police K9 demonstrations this year; the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department at 11:30 a.m., the Everett Police Department at 1 p.m. and the Marysville Police Department at 2:30 p.m. The Sun Dogs Agility Group will be on hand all day, with demonstrations and a training course for newcomers to the sport of agility.

"It seems like each year, our event gets more exciting," said Elizabeth Woche, co-director of Scrub-A-Mutt. "Between the three police K9 demos, the all-day dog agility and our fun new vendor booths, even I can't wait for the event day."

The raffle tent is a familiar favorite at Scrub-A-Mutt, offering rows upon rows of gift baskets with the purchase of $1 tickets. Most of the baskets are dog-themed, with treats for both dogs and their owners.

Scrub-A-Mutt primarily raises money for three local dog rescue organizations; Old Dog Haven, NOAH and the Everett Animal Shelter. Additional rescue groups do receive donations based on the amount of money raised at the event. All of the event day proceeds are donated to rescue efforts.

Old ­Dog Haven is a nonprofit dog rescue group in Arlington that aims to provide loving and safe homes for abandoned senior dogs. Their website and outreach program finds "forever homes" for dogs 7 years or older.

NOAH is the Animal Adoption Center located in Stanwood that works toward stopping the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats, and has a strong spay and neuter program. They partner with local shelters, providing pets a second chance for a home.

The Everett Animal Shelter and ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) care for lost or unwanted pets from most of Snohomish County. The staff and volunteers prepare unwanted animals for adoption. ARF's mission is to improve the quality of life for companion animals and their caretakers in Snohomish County, through increased community involvement and fundraising with and for the Everett Animal Shelter.

Scrub-A-Mutt would like to remind dog owners to keep their pets on leashes at all times, and to remember that a well-socialized, well-behaved dog is a pleasure to wash. Visit their website at www.scrub-a-mutt.org for a map to the event and a complete guide of the day's activities. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ScrubAMutt for updates.

For more information, call Jennifer Ward at 360-659-9626.

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